Word Winding

attempting to spin cacophony into sanity

The Empty Chair

A song in honor of my mother’s birthday. I wrote the music almost a decade ago using a poem she entitled “March Birthdays” which will always seem most at home on May 18th, her own birthday. She would have been 63.

Soprano Noell Dorsey performs it in this live recording, taken at the Longy School of Music in December 2004.

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[listen here]

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MARCH BIRTHDAYS
Jacqueline W. Knight

I was there
In the empty chair
I was there
In hearts and eyes
That filled
When they heard a word
A phrase
Like mine.
I was there
In the sunny
Green spring air.
I was there
In the empty chair.

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